SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Industrialist and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. has denied a claim in a new book that he was the source of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's assertion last year that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes in a decade.
According to the book "Double Down" by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Reid told President Barack Obama's team during the presidential election that the source for the claim was Huntsman. He's the father of Jon Huntsman Jr., one of Romney's 2012 primary opponents.
But the elder Huntsman told The Salt Lake Tribune that the allegation is completely false and the book is "supermarket tabloid trash."
He told KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City that he has "never known anything" about Romney's tax returns and he never talked to Reid about them.
The authors declined to comment Sunday, but plan to discuss this and other topics from the book on two television network morning shows Monday.
Last year, the elder Huntsman denied he was Reid's source.